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Benjamin Peña


Benjamin is an experienced civil litigator, focusing primarily in the areas of immigration and criminal defense. He has experience serving clients from a diverse range of backgrounds in individual hearings in removal proceedings, bail and criminal hearings, and litigation.

During law school, Benjamin served as a legal intern in the school’s criminal defense clinic and the civil rights clinic. Additionally, he was a legal intern for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in the Public Defender Division of the Lawrence, Massachusetts District Court, and for The Legal Aid Society’s criminal practice in Manhattan and Queens, New York. Lastly, he served as president of the school’s Black Law Student Association.


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University (J.D.)
    • Moot Court Honor Society
    • Nathaniel Gates Scholar
    • President, Black Law Students Association
  • Hamilton College (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Massachusetts

Immediately following law school, Benjamin served as a Fellow at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, representing clients facing misdemeanor charges in Manhattan Criminal Court. Recently, he served a law office representing asylum seekers facing removal proceedings.

  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Fluent Spanish

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Benjamin was born and raised in Harlem, a neighborhood in New York City.